While the current Honda Civic Type R has been on the market for a number of years now, its aggressive exterior styling doesn’t sit well with some. That’s where the Type R Sport Line comes into its own.
Unveiled at the start of 2020 for the UK market, the Civic Type R Sport Line has a slightly more refined design thanks to the absence of the standard model’s towering rear wing. However, that’s not to say the exterior design of the Sport Line is ‘soft’ as it still features the same bold and brash front and rear bumpers of the normal model.
Iin this review from Harry’s Garage, we discover that the veteran automotive journalist doesn’t like all the superfluous design elements of the hot hatch, such as its fake air vents. The Sport Line comes standard with unique 19-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires that have softer sidewalls to improve the noise, vibration, and harshness characteristics.
Indeed, when driving the car through some British B-roads, Metcalfe notes that it is comfortable and certainly more compliant and quieter than the Toyota GR Yaris that he owns.
Power comes from 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that pumps out 320 hp and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque. Metcalfe is a huge fan of this engine and its rev-happy nature. He says it has a huge amount of character and could be well suited to an optional dual-clutch transmission.